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Lee County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our grant money was used to purchase collapsible pools and splash pads for use in our playgroups and play yards to enrich the lives of our shelter dogs while they await adoption.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped the pets in our care by providing them with an additional outlet for their energy, making them more content in their kennels and increasing their adoption appeal.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cooper (pictured) originally came to LCHS as a stray in March 2020. He was adopted but unfortunately was returned because he was not a good fit for the family. However, we know his perfect home is out there and he is enjoying his splash pad and play time while he waits! You can meet Cooper here.

Lee County Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Lee County Humane Society (LCHS) used these grant funds to purchase two tetherball playsets for use in two of our play yards.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care by engaging our community through the installation of the two tetherball sets and enriching the lives of our resident adoptable companion animals by providing them with additional tools to stimulate their minds and bodies through exercise and play.

How many pets did this grant help?

We currently have 45 dogs in our shelter who use our play yards twice daily.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Titus, a 3-year-old pit bull terrier mix, came to our shelter 85 days ago. While he has yet to be adopted, he has been in foster care, and his foster has given rave reviews regarding Titus and how he is in a home. Titus is back in our care while his foster travels for the holidays and was more than happy to test our new tetherball installation. This exercise is perfect for a super-active boy like Titus. He thoroughly enjoyed his play session and is much happier in his kennel afterwards. This enrichment is invaluable for our residents while they await their adoption day, and we thank you for this grant funding to provide this opportunity for them!

Meet Titus here.

UPDATE: Titus was adopted on Jan. 9, 2021 (last photo)!

Lee County Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used for a DPFL Mentorship seminar in Austin, TX, at Austin Pets Alive!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped our organization because I was able to bring back the knowledge I gained and share it with the rest of the staff members at our facility. Since attending the DPFL mentorship, we have been able to get some of our testier dogs back into playgroups and have also began implementing kennel routines with all the dogs here at our shelter.

How many pets did this grant help?

300

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One specific dog whom this grant has helped would be Teddy. Teddy was surrendered to our shelter in October 2019 and, due to his being unsocialized and having some dog aggression, he was a harder-to-adopt dog. With the knowledge I gained at the mentorship, we were able to get Teddy back into playgroups with a muzzle and help him gain some socialization, and we were able to learn more about his personality. The result of this was that Teddy was able to go to a rescue partner up North and is now not at risk of being euthanized!

Lee County Humane Society: Play Yard Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This funding was used to divide our large upper play yard into two smaller yards. We also added support fencing to prevent escapes and catch pens to aid in introducing new dogs to groups. We purchased oversized sun-shade sails to add much-needed shade to both play yards.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant has enabled us to expand our playgroups and also provide afternoon play sessions as well as morning sessions. Our ultimate goal is to have at least one day per week where the public is invited to see our playgroups in action. This will promote DPFL and our adoptable canines, and help educate our community on the importance of play and socialization.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Our superstar staff favorite, Jake, was with us for 346 days. He was semi-dog-selective and had a very high prey drive and an extremely rough, rowdy, and vocal play style. He was introduced to groups with a muzzle and was reluctant to participate at first. Slowly he realized that he could interact with the other dogs even with a muzzle. We received a sponsorship for Jake to attend a very concentrated two-week training session, which helped him learn very essential manners and also helped him curb his intense prey drive. We were slowly able to introduce him into groups without a muzzle. We watched him blossom under this new freedom and enjoyed watching him roughhouse with all his doggie friends. Jake was adopted on August 17, 2019, after almost a year in our care. Jake is a true example of success through the Dogs Playing for Life program!

Lee County Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used this grant to provide large outdoor kennels, dog houses, food and other supplies for families with pets that sustained damage to their homes and fences.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed our organization to assist our community with their companion animals while they repaired their homes, mended their fences, and tried to bring their lives back to a normal state. We also were able to house animals for people who completely lost their homes to the storm while they relocated or rebuilt.

How many pets did this grant help?

35

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

A very sweet and scared orange kitty was picked out of the rubble after the F4 tornado screamed through Lee County and left the area devastated. He was healthy and handsome, although terrified, and brought to Lee County Humane Society in the hope that his owners would be able to find him. Fortunately, we had a very happy reunion just days later! His name is Tiger and his family was so very happy to have located him. Thanks to our Animal Control Officers and our resources provided through our Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to care for Tiger until he was happily reunited with his family. We were also able to help so many families who had property damage by providing them with kennels, dog houses, food, and other supplies.

Lee County Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received $471 worth of Kong toys.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped our organization’s resident animals by providing them with hours of enrichment and entertainment.

How many pets did this grant help?

60

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

In the three months since we received the grant, we have had 158 dog adoptions. We believe the addition of Kong toys into their daily lives at the shelter has enabled them to be more desirable to potential adopters by allowing them to be more relaxed and generally happier.

Lee County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to help care for animals in our care, and to help sponsor adoption fees of animals who have been in our shelter the longest.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped pay a portion of the adoption fees for animals who have been in our care more than 100 days.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This is Boomer. Boomer is a big boy at 60 lbs., and he’s about 2.5 years old. Because he has been with us for quite some time, he is currently a member of our Lonely Hearts Club, which means that his adoption fee is just $25! Boomer’s spent some time in foster care, where we learned that he LOVES strawberries. He went crazy when his foster mom ate them with breakfast in the morning. Boomer usually got her to give him one. And he loves rolling in the grass, but you guys already know that! He also likes tug-of-war, and he snores, which is kinda cute. Although he does fine being left alone, he does not like being on the other side of a door when he knows you’re in the next room (like the bathroom). Any time you open a door, he is right there waiting; he definitely wants to be around people all the time. Meet Boomer: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/40015921

Lee County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

This money was used to sponsor the adoption fee of one of our long-term resident cats.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped pay for the adoption fees of three of our cats.

How many pets did this grant help?

three

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gertrude is one of the cats whose adoption fee was sponsored. She was a cat who spent more than eight months in our shelter. She was adopted by a family that agreed to foster her short-term, but decided to keep her permanently after the cat they already owned fell madly in love with her. The vastly discounted adoption fee really helped them make up their minds. Gertrude Pawldridge and Aaron Purr (second photo) — a love match for the ages!

Lee County Humane Society: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The sponsorships allow us to decrease the adoption fee for the adopter. Some have decreased it as low as $25.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped someone that was concerned about the adoption fee plus purchasing new supplies, crate, etc. It has made their decision much easier and less stressful.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One recently sponsored pet is Bodine. Bodine is a 3-year-old Pit Bull Mix who is ready to be yours! He loves to be outside and play in the grass, so he would absolutely love it if his future family would do that with him! He can be a little selective about the dogs he hangs out with (he likes to roll with an elite crew), so if you have a resident dog, bring them in for a meet and greet to see if they can be friends! Meet him: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/38223136